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MSA Student’s Poem Selected

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Max Johnson and his poem Oxymoronic (published below) were chosen to be read out loud by the author at the 18th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book on March 20th. Scores of entries were reviewed for this event, so the competition was significant. Max’s poem was published in a booklet with about 30 other selected poems from area students. Congratulations Max!


I am impossible

Life is impossible.

I am too hot in my attic room

So I have a fan that makes me shiver

So I wear a coat that keeps me warm

So I drink cold tea to cool me down.

I shiver, and wrap my coat tighter.

I am impossible

Comfort is impossible.


I am impossible

She is impossible.

I love her and she loves me

But she does not

Love me as I love her.

Sometimes she is with me

But though she is always with me, she is not

With me, and when she is with me

I am most alone.

I am impossible

“We” is impossible.


I am impossible

The future’s impossible.

Nothing much can bother me.

I’ve worries on my mind.

My world and my future

And the future of our world

I don’t worry much about it.

That worries me all the time.

I am impossible

Life is impossible.

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March 30, 2012 at 3:47 PM

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Endurance Team Update

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It has been a busy winter season for the Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team, and now that spring has sprung, it is just going to become even busier! The team was training daily throughout the winter months, and due to mild weather was able to ride regularly with very few interruptions. Thanks in large part to a new trailer purchased in the fall (that is now outfitted to transport up to 17 bicycles!) the team now takes advantage of its new found mobility and travels off campus one day each week to frequent local cycling hot spots like Walnut Creek State Park and Mint Springs. A trip is already schedule for April where the team will get to experience the trails at Douthat State Park near Clifton Forge, VA. Douthat is renowned for having some of the best big mountain riding in the Eastern United States.

One of the most important events the Endurance Team has been preparing for just took place several days ago: the opening round of the VAHS MTB Series ( that was hosted by the Miller School of Albemarle on March 20. Working closely with the Campus Trails service group, the Endurance Team helped construct almost two miles of brand new mountain bike trails that were utilized as part of the course and trained on them diligently.  Even coming off a two-week Spring Break, the Team had home “field” advantage going for it and squeaked out a win over rivals “Rocktown” from Harrisonburg! Some incredible results were had by Endurance Team riders, most notably Jake King and Taylor Clark who finished 2nd and 6th, respectively, in the hotly-contested Varsity race, and then Ben Scheiner and Sanders Evans had incredible rides to finish 1st and 2nd in the JV race!

Results for all Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team members:


Jake King                    2nd

Taylor Clarke              6th

Rawls Fortenberry      9th

Brian Purdy                 10th

Sam Purcell                 12th

Kyle Ottaway             15th


Ben Scheiner               1st

Sanders Evans             2nd

Nate Smith                  4th

Niall Lovelace             5th

Andrew Li                  9th

More exciting news is that Jake King’s brother Ben has written and published an article about the team in Virginia Sportman Magazine, read the article here or visit their site here. And for more Endurance Team photos go to their page on Smug Mug here.

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March 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

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The Dragon Show!

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MSA was visited by The Fabulous Chinese Acrobats Performing The Dragon Show from Beijing, China on March 22nd. They were wonderful and everyone enjoyed the show! Check out photos here.

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March 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

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